There are two possible awards from your School Direct training.  All School Direct trainees are automatically on the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programme. However, there is the opportunity for those who wish, to opt into the Post Graduate Certificate in Education programme (PGCE).


Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – All trainees

All successful School Direct trainee teachers will achieve the recommendation for QTS. 

The majority of your time on this programme is spent in school and the training is delivered through the bespoke training sessions (weekly half day professional studies sessions, as well as six Learning Days).  Trainees also attend fifteen subject specific training days at CCCU.

Trainees are assessed through a professional portfolio, which will evidence how the standards for the award of QTS are being met.   Evidence will include observations of teaching and professional activities and demonstrating a clear understanding of teaching and subject knowledge.  Classroom experience will increase in each successive term of the programme as confidence and ability develop.

Throughout the Programme, trainees are assessed by their mentors and CCCU tutors who will grade them at key points to help them understand how well they are progressing towards meeting the standards for QTS.  At the end of the programme, the trainee will have a Final Assessment.  This will take the form of a review meeting to formally assess whether they have met the standards for QTS.  


Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Optional

In addition to the above assessment process for the recommendation for QTS, Trainees who have opted for the PGCE award will be required to undertake further academic study and action research.  They will be required to submit three 4,000 word assignments, spread across the year, which will be assessed at Masters Level and gain them 60 Masters credits.  There will be additional taught days at CCCU and tutorials to support trainees who choose the PGCE pathway in addition to the QTS award.   

There is also support for trainees on this route during the Trust Professional Studies Sessions.  Prior to the completion of each assessment, PGCE trainees will have a study day where they can work at the Ashdown House Training Room, where a CCCU PGCE tutor will be present, to give further support and guidance.


Following the award of QTS 

A high proportion of our trainees are offered a permanent role at their school or at a school within the Trust on successful completion of the programme.